Jackie Collins

Literary Birthday – 4 October – Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins was born 4 October 1937 and died 19 September 2015.


  1. If you want to be a writer, stop talking about it and sit down and write!
  2. I think I’m a born storyteller. Inspiration is all around me. I can read a newspaper article and come up with an idea for a book.
  3. I write about real people in disguise. If anything, my characters are toned down-the truth is much more bizarre.
  4. The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
  5. Authors change publishers because it’s like being married for a long time and suddenly you want to go out and have a wild affair! No, not seriously, sometimes the deal is more interesting with a new publisher, and other times they have more enthusiasm for your books.
  6. I have this theory that people in Hollywood don’t read. They read Vanity Fair and then consider themselves terribly well read. I think I can basically write about anybody without getting caught.
  7. I have written 20 books, and each one is like having a baby. Writing is not easy; some people want to write books but just can’t put a story together. I can put together a story that interests both me and my readers.
  8. I really fall in love with my characters, even the bad ones. I love getting together with them. They tell me what to do; they take me on a wild and wonderful trip.
  9. I should be writing until I drop. I’ll be a little old lady of 106. I never see myself stopping what I do because it’s my passion.
  10. I’ve come a long way! My message to women is girls can do anything.

Jackie Collins was an English novelist, whose books sold over 500 million copies. Eight of her novels have been adapted for the screen. Her Lucky Santangelo series is popular and includes the titles, Chances and Lucky. Other massive bestsellers are Hollywood Wives and The World is Full of Married Men.

Must Read: 5 Bestselling Storytelling Lessons From Jackie Collins

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 4th October 2013